Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Must-Read Tips When Traveling Abroad

Travelling has become easier and more affordable nowadays. A lot of reputable travel agencies are offering cheaper rates for an Asia, Europe, or China tour. However, there are still a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to travelling. These few tips will help you have a safer and more unforgettable experience when visiting countries such as China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Europe.

  • Pack accordingly. A China tour allows for casual clothing but also you should be prepared for the cold winter. However, bringing a jacket to the Bahamas, for example, are just a waste of money, time, and space. Additionally, check for local weather conditions as these will help when you pack your clothes and ensembles.
  • Check and double check all your travel documents. Different countries need different travel documents. For example, if you’re planning on taking a China tour, single entry visas are already included in your travel packages, depending on the travel agency. Some countries, likewise, may require visas while some may not.
  • The use of cell phones abroad cost more. Contact your network provider to double check the rates and make sure that the network supports the country you’re about to go to. Furthermore, the use of credit cards internationally may require additional taxes. Some credit cards don’t apply overseas charges. It’s best to call your bank to be sure. A Europe tour or a China tour won’t be as much fun if you end up being poorer than when you left.
  • Finally, always keep your valuables and luggage in sight. It’s very easy to lose a small or even a big bag when travelling. Pickpockets are everywhere and people may try to distract you while checking out your wallet or other personal items. Be alert and stay on track.
Always remember that travelling should be fun, but fun doesn’t mean that responsibilities should be forgotten. These are the basics one must keep in mind, tips that are most important especially to first-time travellers. In the meantime, be safe while planning your next enjoyable vacation.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Five things to do on a China Tour

Touring China is definitely one of the best travel experiences you can ever embark on but it can also be overwhelming. After all, China is one of the world’s largest countries with one of the most extensive cultures and with it comes loads of sights and activities to offer the eager traveler. To maximize your next China tour, here are five activities which you can put on top of your must-do-in-China list.

1. Walk through the Great Wall of China. A China tour is never complete without visiting the Great Wall. The Great Wall is synonymous to Chinese tourism and is a world-renowned icon for Chinese culture and history. Located at the nation’s capital in Beijing, the Great Wall was originally built as a defense system in 220 BC but has stood the test of time to become a modern Chinese fortress.

2. Cruise along the Yangtze River. As Asia’s third longest river, the Yangtze continues to captivate China tourists the world over with its breathtaking landscapes and historical allusions. As the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization, it continues to represent Chinese beauty and heritage at its finest.

3. Shop in Shanghai. Shopping is a universal tourist activity and is definitely not an exception when you go on a China tour. Shanghai represents a union of ancient and contemporary Chinese civilization combined. Shop until you drop at Nanjing Road and witness the exquisite gem that is Chinese architecture as you explore the Bund. And that’s barely scratching the surface of Shanghai.

4. Meet the Terra Cotta Warriors. Commissioned by the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huang, to be built as a reinforcement of his rule even after life, these life-size terracotta warriors are among China’s popular attractions. Nestled in the “Eternal City” of Xian, the Terra Cotta Warriors continue to be Xian’s main attractions.

5. Feel the heat in Turpan. As the second lowest point in the entire planet, Turpan is hot and dry. It is known for its grapes which are produced for raisins and wine but on a China tour, you would most likely want to visit the Flaming Mountains and find out why it’s called that.

Depending on the length and extent of your China tour, there are definitely more than five ways to enjoy China. For great deals and travel packages to this Asian gem, visit and experience a China tour like no other.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Top Attractions in China

China is becoming the next frontier in traveling. It is an exciting land with a rich and distinct culture just waiting to be discovered.  Encompassing 5,000 years of textured histories of all civilizations, a China tour is a must for every traveler.

With so many exciting places to visit, these are just but some of the top attractions to visit in every China tour.

The Great Wall of China. Constructed in 220 BC, the Great Wall was built as a protection against northern invaders. Today, it stands as one of the world’s greatest wonders, symbolizing a bastion of culture in the hearts and minds of the Chinese People.

The Forbidden City. Located at the center of Beijing, it is one of the most dazzling architectural masterpieces in the world. Once closed off from the world for 500 years, it is now open for everyone to witness its sense of opulence and wealth, and take in its aura splendor and majesty.

Terra Cotta Warriors.
Located in the City of Xian, this is considered as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Thousands of life-size figures, each with molded faces, adorn this breathtaking site. A must-visit in a China tour as it carries a spectacular piece of the country’s historic past.

Yangtze River Cruise. The old Chinese saying, “if you haven’t traveled up the Yangtze, you haven’t been anywhere,” perfectly describes this river’s range of spectacular landscapes. Considered to be the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization, this divine river captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty.

Stunning Mountain Scenery of Guilin.
The ancient saying, “Guilin’s scenery is unmatched under heaven,” truly describes the breathtaking landscapes that are quintessentially Chinese. A cruise down Li River displays Guilin in its purest form – mist-shrouded hills, unique karst formations, with boats meandering by.

Potala Palace, Lhasa. Considered as the highest palace in the world, this palace was once the religious and political center of old Tibet. The Dalai Lamas’ official winter residence, it is designated today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Gardens of Suzhou. Beautiful stone bridges, pagods, and classical gardens line the canals that highlight this ethereal city, known as the “Venice of the Orient.” It is a well-preserved city with a lingering charm that is reminiscent of its rich past. Its 9 classical gardens are regarded as masterpieces of the genre.

Chengdu Panda Research Center. The Giant Panda is considered on the China’s national treasures. Get to observe these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

The Bund, Shanghai.
One of the city’s most recognizable architectural symbols, The Bund is a representation of both the old and the new Shanghai. It is an amazing place to see and learn about Shanghai’s rich architectural history.

Hong Kong and its Modernity. What was once a quaint fishing village is now a gateway between East and West, where ancient traditions exist in an ultramodern city.